(1)An individual may not undertake, offer to undertake or submit a bid to do work as a home inspector unless the individual is certified as a home inspector under this section by the Construction Contractors Board and is an owner of, or employed by, a business that is licensed by the board.
(2)A business may not undertake, offer to undertake or submit a bid to do work as a home inspector unless the business is licensed by the board under this chapter and has an owner or an employee who is certified as a home inspector under this section. The board may adopt rules for determining whether an inspection and report that is limited to one or more specific systems or components of a residential structure or appurtenance is a sufficient assessment of the overall physical condition of the structure or appurtenance to constitute the services of a home inspector.
(3)The board shall adopt minimum standards of practice and professional conduct.
(4)The board shall require that an applicant for certification as a home inspector pass a test demonstrating the competency of the applicant to act as a home inspector. The board may adopt rules accepting the results of competency testing by a nationally recognized certification program for home inspectors. The board may adopt rules establishing additional requirements for the issuance or renewal of a home inspector certificate, including but not limited to training and continuing education requirements.
(5)The board shall adopt rules establishing procedures for the issuance, renewal and revocation of home inspector certification.
(6)The board may adopt rules establishing fees necessary for the administration of this section. The fees may not exceed the following:
(a)$50 for application.
(b)$50 for testing.
(c)$150 for issuance of an initial two-year certificate.
(d)$150 for renewal of a two-year certificate.
(7)This section does not apply to a person acting within the scope of a license, certificate or registration issued to the person by the Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board under ORS chapter 674. [Formerly 701.350]
Section 701.445 — Home inspectors; certification; rules; fees; exemption,